First, Candlemas is this Saturday. In my experience, not many parishes celebrate this day as a blessing of candles day. You could ask your priest if he would say the blessing afterwards if you brought your candles to him -- he might offer to do it during Mass, who knows? Our priests will be interesting in embellishing the bare bones of parish life when they see the parishioners asking for more! If you have this already, plan to be there with your candles in a basket.
|Some candles to be blessed for this year. Try Trader Joes. They may still have tapers from their holiday stash, and they are a good price, burn well, and extinguish themselves.|
I love Candlemas, and it's as good a place as any to take a practical step towards living the liturgical life with your family, because, candles.
If you live in the greater Boston area, consider going to the lovely St. Lawrence Church, where you will get a full-on Anglican Use Candlemas with blessings galore at the Vigil on Friday with the Congregation of St. Athanasius. Maybe we will meet you there afterwards! We'll see what the Chief says about going. There is ample parking behind the church.
Second, the Seven Sundays of St. Joseph start this coming Sunday. I do love St. Joseph. If you are struggling with something -- anything at all -- turn to this saint. I've written about this devotion, and highly recommend it for your family. Gather at Sunday dinner time and say the Litany to St. Joseph together.
Third, Lent is coming. I will have a quick Ask Auntie Leila tomorrow, hopefully, for you, rounding up some Lenten liturgical living.
Fourth, and this is not liturgical, but might help with spreading the Like Mother, Like Daughter word on maintaining (and recovering) the collective memory, would you consider voting for us in this blog award thingy at A Knotted Life? There are lots of nice blogs there and plenty of voting fun.
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